Over 2,500 years ago, it is said that Buddha's physician, Shivago Komarpaj, founded the art of Thai massage (according to the Pali Buddhist Canon). This ancient form of natural remedy is believed to have been derived from Indian Ayurvedic medicine and is known in Thailand as Nuat Phaen Boran ("nuat" means to heal through touch and "boran" meaning ancient). In fact, this origin of Thai massage proves to be more intricate since there is a combination of influences including: medicine, spirituality and nutrition from many other Southeast Asian cultures.
Thai massage is believed to have been founded by Shivago Komarpaj, who according to the Pali Buddist Canon, was Buddha's physician over two thousand years ago. The traditional form of Thai massage is a daily means of healthy living as well as physical, mental and spiritual practice and well-being. It is believed to and aid in curing disease and acts as healing practice. It does this by relieving blocked passages or obstruction of energy flow throughout the body by way of the healing art of Thai massage.
In the past, Buddhist monks traveling across Southeast Asia always had Ayurvedic doctors alongside, and this is where the art of Thai massage began developing and evolving into what it is today. Thai massage is known to have many other names such as Thai Yoga Massage, Thai Bodywork, and Ancient Siamese Bodywork.
Today in Bangkok, the temple of Wat Po has several illustrations of this healing art inscribed on its walls, depicting the fundamentals of Thai medicine and the art of Thai massage. This holistic and therapeutic form of stretching and applying pressure to deep tissue and joints was once administered to farmers by their children as a means of relieving tense and tightened muscles after a hard day's work in the fields.